More nail salons are being cited. How to avoid citations during an inspection? The past couple years, thousands of nail salons throughout California have been inspected and cited hundreds and thousands of dollars. These numbers are increasing and more nail salon owners are suffering from citations. The major factors are: nail salon owners are not knowledgeable of state board’s procedures of inspection and requirements. Some are not being aware of the importance of these procedures and requirements. To avoid citations, nail salon owners must know the state board’s standard procedures. Inspectors are assigned to specific territories throughout California and perform inspections randomly.
Salon owners cannot schedule an inspection. When they arrive, they will ask for a picture valid ID to verify the licensee in charge to unlock for any cupboards, doors or drawers within the salon to inspect. At the end of the inspection they will go over the inspection report issued to the establishment with the licensee in charge and with each individual licensee who was also cited during the inspection. 10 most common violations cited during an inspection:
1. Is the Establishment License valid and visible displayed? To avoid violation: The Establishment license must be valid and visible displayed. Must display original license, copied license is not accepted by state board.
2. Health and Safety Rules not conspicuously posted in reception area of establishment. To avoid violation: Display Health and Safety Rules in the reception area and ensure it is clearly visible
3. Do all technicians have all personal licenses with them? To avoid violation: All technicians must have valid certified licenses and must be original certificate, copies are not accepted.
4. Technicians follow state board’s requirements. To avoid violation: Technicians cannot carry any tools (example: manicuring tools, cutter, etc.) in their pockets. Technicians must wash their hands with soap after each client. 5. Liquids, creams, powders and cosmetics not properly labeled. To avoid violation: Distinctly label all bottles and containers of their contents (example: water, gel, oil, etc)
6. Incorrect disinfection of non-electrical instruments. To avoid violation: Before use upon a patron, clean instruments with soap or detergent and water. Totally immerse instruments in an EPA-registered disinfectant with bactericidal, fungicidal and virucidal activity and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
7. Disinfectant not changed and/or covered. To avoid violation: Always keep disinfectant solution covered and change disinfectant at least once per week or when it is visibly cloudy or dirty.
8. Liquids, creams, powders and cosmetics not in a clean and/or closed container. To avoid violation: Store all liquids, creams, powders and cosmetics in clean and closed containers.
9. Insufficient disinfectant solution in container for total immersion of tools and instruments. To avoid violation: When disinfecting tools and instruments, ensure there is enough disinfectant solution in the container to allow the tools and instruments to be completely covered.
10. Restroom is used as storage To avoid violation: provide hand soap and clean towels in restroom. Restroom cannot be as storage (example: dirty towels, manicuring tools, mops, buckets etc.)